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Vic Baron
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      06-12-2009
I have my icons on the desktop arranged in a specific pattern. All has been
well up until now. I installed a new Nvidia driver for my graphics card (GTX
280) and now, ANY time the screen refreshes, the icons snap to the left in
columns. I have a restore program that easily puts them back but it is
annoying. Other than the installation of the driver, no other settings have
been changed.

I rolled back the driver to the previous one and the problem remains. I did
the uninstall - safe mode clean driver - reboot - reinstall and same issue.

Tried system restore and get "cannot restore system to xxxdate".

I have NOT tried the command line operation of system restore in safe mode.

I have tried various combinations of "aligning icons" - snap to grid, auto
arrange, etc - same issue - if I manually refresh the system or if the
screen refreshes on it's own, the icons snap to columns.

Any ideas?

Thanx,

Vic

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TMA
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      06-12-2009
hmmm, I've had something similar to this once. Apparently windows will not
save icons alignment.
Anyway, I remember I found this website with an odd solution, but it worked
for me:

1) place the icons how you want them to be
2) hide the icons (uncheck "show icons on the desktop")
3) go back there and unhide the icons
4) reboot and voilį

Hope it helps.

"Vic Baron" <> wrote in message
news:...
> I have my icons on the desktop arranged in a specific pattern. All has
> been well up until now. I installed a new Nvidia driver for my graphics
> card (GTX 280) and now, ANY time the screen refreshes, the icons snap to
> the left in columns. I have a restore program that easily puts them back
> but it is annoying. Other than the installation of the driver, no other
> settings have been changed.
>
> I rolled back the driver to the previous one and the problem remains. I
> did the uninstall - safe mode clean driver - reboot - reinstall and same
> issue.
>
> Tried system restore and get "cannot restore system to xxxdate".
>
> I have NOT tried the command line operation of system restore in safe
> mode.
>
> I have tried various combinations of "aligning icons" - snap to grid, auto
> arrange, etc - same issue - if I manually refresh the system or if the
> screen refreshes on it's own, the icons snap to columns.
>
> Any ideas?
>
> Thanx,
>
> Vic
>
> --
> There are 10 kinds of people - those who understand binary and those who
> don't


 
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Bobby Johnson
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      06-12-2009
Have you turned of Auto Arrange? If that's turned off your icons should
stay where ever you put them.



Vic Baron wrote:
> I have my icons on the desktop arranged in a specific pattern. All has
> been well up until now. I installed a new Nvidia driver for my graphics
> card (GTX 280) and now, ANY time the screen refreshes, the icons snap to
> the left in columns. I have a restore program that easily puts them back
> but it is annoying. Other than the installation of the driver, no other
> settings have been changed.
>
> I rolled back the driver to the previous one and the problem remains. I
> did the uninstall - safe mode clean driver - reboot - reinstall and same
> issue.
>
> Tried system restore and get "cannot restore system to xxxdate".
>
> I have NOT tried the command line operation of system restore in safe mode.
>
> I have tried various combinations of "aligning icons" - snap to grid,
> auto arrange, etc - same issue - if I manually refresh the system or if
> the screen refreshes on it's own, the icons snap to columns.
>
> Any ideas?
>
> Thanx,
>
> Vic
>

 
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Tony Sperling
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      06-12-2009
Could it be the nVidia Control Panel?

I've always hated it and kept it off for as long as possible and never go
there today unless I have to. Gave me lots of trouble usually making the OS
behaving unpredictable.

There are solutions with reg. files that perform a sort of magic on Icons, I
know. Perhaps that is what you using already?


Tony. . .



 
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Vic Baron
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      06-12-2009
Yes, auto arrange is off.

"Bobby Johnson" <> wrote in message
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> Have you turned of Auto Arrange? If that's turned off your icons should
> stay where ever you put them.
>
>
>
> Vic Baron wrote:
>> I have my icons on the desktop arranged in a specific pattern. All has
>> been well up until now. I installed a new Nvidia driver for my graphics
>> card (GTX 280) and now, ANY time the screen refreshes, the icons snap to
>> the left in columns. I have a restore program that easily puts them back
>> but it is annoying. Other than the installation of the driver, no other
>> settings have been changed.
>>
>> I rolled back the driver to the previous one and the problem remains. I
>> did the uninstall - safe mode clean driver - reboot - reinstall and same
>> issue.
>>
>> Tried system restore and get "cannot restore system to xxxdate".
>>
>> I have NOT tried the command line operation of system restore in safe
>> mode.
>>
>> I have tried various combinations of "aligning icons" - snap to grid,
>> auto arrange, etc - same issue - if I manually refresh the system or if
>> the screen refreshes on it's own, the icons snap to columns.
>>
>> Any ideas?
>>
>> Thanx,
>>
>> Vic
>>

 
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Vic Baron
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      06-12-2009
I'll double check, Tony. I rolled back to the original driver/ control panel
and it still did the same thing. Maybe if I disable the Nvidia helper
services it might do something.

"Tony Sperling" <> wrote in message
news:#...
> Could it be the nVidia Control Panel?
>
> I've always hated it and kept it off for as long as possible and never go
> there today unless I have to. Gave me lots of trouble usually making the
> OS behaving unpredictable.
>
> There are solutions with reg. files that perform a sort of magic on Icons,
> I know. Perhaps that is what you using already?
>
>
> Tony. . .
>
>
>

 
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Vic Baron
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      06-12-2009
Don't recall seeing the "show icons on desktop" option on the context menu
in XP64 but I'll check again when I get home. I do see it in XP32 though.

Fingers crossed!

"TMA" <> wrote in message
news:...
> hmmm, I've had something similar to this once. Apparently windows will not
> save icons alignment.
> Anyway, I remember I found this website with an odd solution, but it
> worked for me:
>
> 1) place the icons how you want them to be
> 2) hide the icons (uncheck "show icons on the desktop")
> 3) go back there and unhide the icons
> 4) reboot and voilį
>
> Hope it helps.
>
> "Vic Baron" <> wrote in message
> news:...
>> I have my icons on the desktop arranged in a specific pattern. All has
>> been well up until now. I installed a new Nvidia driver for my graphics
>> card (GTX 280) and now, ANY time the screen refreshes, the icons snap to
>> the left in columns. I have a restore program that easily puts them back
>> but it is annoying. Other than the installation of the driver, no other
>> settings have been changed.
>>
>> I rolled back the driver to the previous one and the problem remains. I
>> did the uninstall - safe mode clean driver - reboot - reinstall and same
>> issue.
>>
>> Tried system restore and get "cannot restore system to xxxdate".
>>
>> I have NOT tried the command line operation of system restore in safe
>> mode.
>>
>> I have tried various combinations of "aligning icons" - snap to grid,
>> auto arrange, etc - same issue - if I manually refresh the system or if
>> the screen refreshes on it's own, the icons snap to columns.
>>
>> Any ideas?
>>
>> Thanx,
>>
>> Vic
>>
>> --
>> There are 10 kinds of people - those who understand binary and those who
>> don't

>

 
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Vic Baron
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      06-13-2009
Well don't understand the how and why of it but I resolved the issue.

First, I tried various suggestions, system restore, registry hacks - all
with no results.

Then I got to thinking - I use a program called icon_restore which basically
saves your desktop layout and restores it whenever there's a change. My
problem was that whenever the screen reset, all the icons moved to left
columns. My settings were NOT being saved by XP.

Then in occurred to me that possible icon_restore moved the icons back in
place but did it in a way that did NOT trigger a change in XP so the layout
was not being saved by XP.

So I rebooted and when the icons came up in the left column, I dragged one
icon to the middle of the screen and dropped it there. Then used
icon_restore to restore the layout.

Right clicked and selected reset - voila! - no change.

I'm guessing that the movement of the icon triggered something in XP that
made it save the new layout.

IAC, problem resolved.

Vic

"Vic Baron" <> wrote in message
news:...
> I have my icons on the desktop arranged in a specific pattern. All has
> been well up until now. I installed a new Nvidia driver for my graphics
> card (GTX 280) and now, ANY time the screen refreshes, the icons snap to
> the left in columns. I have a restore program that easily puts them back
> but it is annoying. Other than the installation of the driver, no other
> settings have been changed.
>
> I rolled back the driver to the previous one and the problem remains. I
> did the uninstall - safe mode clean driver - reboot - reinstall and same
> issue.
>
> Tried system restore and get "cannot restore system to xxxdate".
>
> I have NOT tried the command line operation of system restore in safe
> mode.
>
> I have tried various combinations of "aligning icons" - snap to grid, auto
> arrange, etc - same issue - if I manually refresh the system or if the
> screen refreshes on it's own, the icons snap to columns.
>
> Any ideas?
>
> Thanx,
>
> Vic
>
> --
> There are 10 kinds of people - those who understand binary and those who
> don't


 
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Tony Sperling
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      06-13-2009
Congrats, Vic! This is solid 'good old thinking'.

It occurs to me, though, that you're having something in your system that is
disturbing the 'saved' state of your prefered lay-out, and the fix may have
to be applied (including re-boot) often enough that it would be a bonus to
have your 'Icon_Restore' save a state with ONE Icon being out of line. You
correct this manually and the next time you boot that is the state XP will
remember.

Or, am I being one bit thick, now?


Tony. . .


"Vic Baron" <> wrote in message
news:810E68BC-8803-4C1B-A6AD-...
> Well don't understand the how and why of it but I resolved the issue.
>
> First, I tried various suggestions, system restore, registry hacks - all
> with no results.
>
> Then I got to thinking - I use a program called icon_restore which
> basically saves your desktop layout and restores it whenever there's a
> change. My problem was that whenever the screen reset, all the icons moved
> to left columns. My settings were NOT being saved by XP.
>
> Then in occurred to me that possible icon_restore moved the icons back in
> place but did it in a way that did NOT trigger a change in XP so the
> layout was not being saved by XP.
>
> So I rebooted and when the icons came up in the left column, I dragged one
> icon to the middle of the screen and dropped it there. Then used
> icon_restore to restore the layout.
>
> Right clicked and selected reset - voila! - no change.
>
> I'm guessing that the movement of the icon triggered something in XP that
> made it save the new layout.
>
> IAC, problem resolved.
>
> Vic
>
> "Vic Baron" <> wrote in message
> news:...
>> I have my icons on the desktop arranged in a specific pattern. All has
>> been well up until now. I installed a new Nvidia driver for my graphics
>> card (GTX 280) and now, ANY time the screen refreshes, the icons snap to
>> the left in columns. I have a restore program that easily puts them back
>> but it is annoying. Other than the installation of the driver, no other
>> settings have been changed.
>>
>> I rolled back the driver to the previous one and the problem remains. I
>> did the uninstall - safe mode clean driver - reboot - reinstall and same
>> issue.
>>
>> Tried system restore and get "cannot restore system to xxxdate".
>>
>> I have NOT tried the command line operation of system restore in safe
>> mode.
>>
>> I have tried various combinations of "aligning icons" - snap to grid,
>> auto arrange, etc - same issue - if I manually refresh the system or if
>> the screen refreshes on it's own, the icons snap to columns.
>>
>> Any ideas?
>>
>> Thanx,
>>
>> Vic
>>
>> --
>> There are 10 kinds of people - those who understand binary and those who
>> don't

>



 
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Vic Baron
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      06-13-2009
Actually, until this issue Tony, the only time my icons would move would be
occasionally when switching back and forth from 3D fullscreen to windowed or
when installing a new video driver.. That's what surprised me, to go from
almost never moving to moving every screen change.

I was a programmer for enough years to learn that when a computer isn't
doing what you want it to do, it's because it does not understand what you
want. That got me thinking about the saved state.

Glad I got it resolved - it was really annoying.

Vic

"Tony Sperling" <> wrote in message
news:OUN#...
> Congrats, Vic! This is solid 'good old thinking'.
>
> It occurs to me, though, that you're having something in your system that
> is disturbing the 'saved' state of your prefered lay-out, and the fix may
> have to be applied (including re-boot) often enough that it would be a
> bonus to have your 'Icon_Restore' save a state with ONE Icon being out of
> line. You correct this manually and the next time you boot that is the
> state XP will remember.
>
> Or, am I being one bit thick, now?
>
>
> Tony. . .
>
>
> "Vic Baron" <> wrote in message
> news:810E68BC-8803-4C1B-A6AD-...
>> Well don't understand the how and why of it but I resolved the issue.
>>
>> First, I tried various suggestions, system restore, registry hacks - all
>> with no results.
>>
>> Then I got to thinking - I use a program called icon_restore which
>> basically saves your desktop layout and restores it whenever there's a
>> change. My problem was that whenever the screen reset, all the icons
>> moved to left columns. My settings were NOT being saved by XP.
>>
>> Then in occurred to me that possible icon_restore moved the icons back in
>> place but did it in a way that did NOT trigger a change in XP so the
>> layout was not being saved by XP.
>>
>> So I rebooted and when the icons came up in the left column, I dragged
>> one icon to the middle of the screen and dropped it there. Then used
>> icon_restore to restore the layout.
>>
>> Right clicked and selected reset - voila! - no change.
>>
>> I'm guessing that the movement of the icon triggered something in XP that
>> made it save the new layout.
>>
>> IAC, problem resolved.
>>
>> Vic
>>
>> "Vic Baron" <> wrote in message
>> news:...
>>> I have my icons on the desktop arranged in a specific pattern. All has
>>> been well up until now. I installed a new Nvidia driver for my graphics
>>> card (GTX 280) and now, ANY time the screen refreshes, the icons snap to
>>> the left in columns. I have a restore program that easily puts them back
>>> but it is annoying. Other than the installation of the driver, no other
>>> settings have been changed.
>>>
>>> I rolled back the driver to the previous one and the problem remains. I
>>> did the uninstall - safe mode clean driver - reboot - reinstall and same
>>> issue.
>>>
>>> Tried system restore and get "cannot restore system to xxxdate".
>>>
>>> I have NOT tried the command line operation of system restore in safe
>>> mode.
>>>
>>> I have tried various combinations of "aligning icons" - snap to grid,
>>> auto arrange, etc - same issue - if I manually refresh the system or if
>>> the screen refreshes on it's own, the icons snap to columns.
>>>
>>> Any ideas?
>>>
>>> Thanx,
>>>
>>> Vic
>>>
>>> --
>>> There are 10 kinds of people - those who understand binary and those who
>>> don't

>>

>
>

 
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